Download Book ✓ A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BC Í 341 pages ↠ Marc van de mieroop

Mobi ☆ A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BC ✓ Marc Van De Mieroop

If the history of the Near East has always seemed a little daunting and confusing this book by one of the best known writers on the subject should show you the light at the end of the tunnel Beginning c3000 BC with the advent of the first writing system Van De Mieroop tr Yay for using textbooks to stack my GR challenge statsAnyhow I feel mildly dishonest rating this because I didn't actually read everything It's pretty dry and I didn't have time for some of the middle chapters I would say that I'll go back and read them but I won't I'll take it to class for discussion tomorrow then move my bookmark to our next book and leave it on the shelf until it's time to sell itBut as far as the actual content goes what I read of it at least it's not terrible For a book which is barely 300 pages including diagrams and photos and covering almost three thousand years of history in a fairly large and active area it's pretty good really The problem is that the size and broadness of it meant that nothing really was explained thoroughly A lot of paragraphs were long lists of who conuered what and when they did it I kind of skimmed those The interesting things for me were the tidbits of sociological information hidden away in between lists of battles History that's just a list of 'and then x happened and then y' is not appealing to me; I like the human element the information or even just speculation about how people lived I understand that such information isn't always available in the study of the Near East but to be honest I don't see the point of lists of battles and surely there's enough sociological information for a tad bit elaborationIn the end well it isn't leisure reading but there are worse textbooks

Epub A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BC

A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BCAces the emergence and development of some of the greatest states and powers stunning cities and major empires including the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms the Assyrian and Persian Empires and the conuests of Alexander the Great Van De Mieroop's revisions for the 2nd ed Dry and dull; short on zest;Gives little understandingThis boilerplate is its own witness For its author’s reprimanding

Marc Van De Mieroop ✓ A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BC Epub

Download Book ✓ A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000 323 BC Í 341 pages ↠ Marc van de mieroop ´ If the history of the Near East has always seemed a little daunting and confusing this book by one of the best known writers on the subject should show yItion aim to make the text even accessible and include the very latest research This text deserves a place on the shelves of ancient historians and archaeologists and it will certainly have pride of place in reading lists for courses in Mesopotamian history Norman Yoffee This was the go to book for the ancient Near East during my undergraduate days and it’s pitched perfectly at that level – complex enough to inform and meet the demands of a first degree simple enough to be easily readable for a student with that level of understanding By all means one can go looking and find a book that is even in depth and technical by that’s not this book’s purpose Conversely the language is lucid enough that in my estimation a non student could tackle it although they might find the length and dryness takes them a little while to get through Mieroop is well respected in his field and this book really encapsulates why I’m not sure I’d ever do a cover to cover re read but I can definitely see myself consulting the book again8 out of 10